If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant

If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant

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by Ellen Fischer, Laura Wood

Slurp, munch, crunch! Little hands will be turning the page to find out the real meals of animals! Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat.


Slurp, munch, crunch! Little hands will be turning the page to find out the real meals of animals! Would an armadillo order spaghetti with meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While the title may suggest the freewheeling and unlikely chains of events of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its ilk, Fischer and Wood actually have the opposite idea in mind. One by one, Fischer asks what nine animals might order at their local neighborhood restaurants: “If a sea turtle crawled into a lagoon buffet, what would he order? Fried chicken with gravy?” The replies are resounding (“No sir!”), followed by explanations of what the animals actually like to eat (in the case of the sea turtle, it’s “Crabs and shrimp with a jellyfish on top”). Fischer’s playful tone and Wood’s humorous cartoons are an enjoyable combination, though the project as a whole is an odd mix of whimsy and fact. While Fischer makes it clear that a butterfly is more interested in lilac nectar than oatmeal, for example, the accompanying illustration shows the insect sipping the former through a bendy straw. While fun, the animals’ anthropomorphic tendencies (“Eight forks, please” for the octopus) can seem at odds with the semi-serious aims of the text. Up to age 7. (July)
From the Publisher

A Foreword Reviews' 2014 IndieFab Award Finalist for Picture Books

Featured in BuzzFeed, recommended alongside Disney Junior's TV show Go, Diego, Go!

Featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine's "15 terrific titles to add to your little one's library"

"Whet your kiddo's appetite for reading with a silly story about the persnickety palates of out-to-eat animals."—Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

"My kids loved the book. It was the go-to nighttime story. It was on the couch when I got home, which would tell me that they read it again last night."—Gavin Kaysen, Chef & Owner of Spoon and Stable restaurant, guest judge on Bravo TV's Top Chef, and competitor on the Food Network's The Next Iron Chef

"If [your kids] love Go, Diego, Go!, you should read them If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer and Laura Wood."—BuzzFeed

"Beginning with the spaghetti-twirling armadillo on the cover, Wood’s quirky creatures add to the humor, which might well spur listeners to make up some menus of their own." — Kirkus Reviews

"Subtly revealing where animals live, what they eat, and various unusual, fun facts, this book is sure to be a favorite. Each page presents a hilarious scenario of a rattlesnake, hedgehog, ostrich, or octopus (among others) eyeing a human menu, their preferences relayed with singsong questions and colorful, inventive pictures. ... Factual and funny, it’s a recipe for reading again and again." — Foreword Reviews

"This engaging picture book offers nine different animals the choice of human food before identifying what their preferred meal would be. ... The illustrations are lively and humorous, and there is even a small menu on the last page from which human readers can choose their favorite items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This short text would be a great introduction to a unit on the preferred nutrition of various animals." — Reading Today Online

"If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant offers children a funny yet factual “taste” of the culinary interests of some of our natural world’s most iconic animals. ...From catchy phrasing to “kid-cool” illustrations, this is a book that will add smiles to faces and fascinating conversations to meal time." — Glenn Dobrogosz, Executive Director, Greensboro Science Center, Zoo and Aquarium

"Yummy and yucky—the perfect formula for young readers to discover what animals eat. Ellen Fischer’s imaginative and informative picture book encourages readers to make mealtime connections between humans and a delightful assortment of creatures craving their favorite foods. A masterful menu of humor, fun, and facts!" — Betty Hicks, author of The Worm Whisperer

"As a classroom teacher for over 30 years I am delighted to recommend this book with its endless possibilities for vocabulary development and use of descriptive language in addition to the factual knowledge presented. The clever ending offers a springboard for oral language development as well as writing." — Ricki Gray, Classroom teacher, Guilford County, NC

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant opens with an illustration of a wide-eyed armadillo burrowing into an underground restaurant and having difficulty ordering spaghetti and meatballs. He then appears above ground with open eyes and mouth about to eat a plate of ants and worms. While armadillos are insectivores, they also have poor eyesight and a very neat, sticky tongue to grab insects, so a less wide eyed appearance and longer tongue would improve the level of accuracy in this picture book. There are several other inaccuracies in the selected foods of the various animals slithering or fluttering into a variety of eateries, each animal first ordering people food and then happily eating their correct food. As an “if not this, then that” type of picture book, it is pleasant but as a science, food, or animal-related text it is seriously lacking. The final page headlined “What Would You Order” includes very few healthy choices for hungry children. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman; Ages 4 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
What do animals eat? In question-and-answer form, the human narrator compares animal restaurant orders with her own.This lengthy joke follows a repetitive pattern. There's a question that includes the usual locomotive pattern and habitat of one of nine interesting creatures. A silly answer is followed by a more sensible one. "If a RATTLESNAKE slithered through a desert cafeteria, what would she choose?" Not "[b]eans and rice" but "[s]everal rodents and a lizard." Sea turtles crawl, butterflies flutter, wallabies hop, hedgehogs "[stop] by a forest food court," ostriches run, and octopuses swim; the animals are of both sexes. The only variation in the pattern is in the pacing. Some questions and answers occupy a spread; others include the page turn. Beginning with the spaghetti-twirling armadillo on the cover, Wood's quirky creatures add to the humor, which might well spur listeners to make up some menus of their own. The author and illustrator have their giraffe eating from wild apricot trees rather than the acacias that are so prevalent in the giraffes' savanna habitat. While their diet includes wild apricots and mimosa, acacias are at its core.A good joke that lost its way a bit. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

Mighty Media, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Ellen Fischer grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has been a North Carolina Tar Heel for over thirty years. She has taught elementary age children for over twenty years and is the mother of three. She is also the author of If an Elephant Went to School, Latke, the Lucky Dog, and several Sesame Street books, including Grover and Big Bird's Passover Celebration, It's a Mitzvah, Grover!, and The Count's Hanukkah Countdown.

Laura Wood is a freelance illustrator currently living in England. She was born and raised in Italy and received a Bachelor of Cinema and Multimedia. She likes to combine both digital and traditional dry media to create childlike pictures with a sunny style and a folksy feeling. Laura Wood is also the illustrator for If an Elephant Went to a Restaurant, Lucy in the City, and The Cow Tripped Over the Moon.

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If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Picture books are super good for kids and when they explore a world unknown to the kids and teach them in a friendly, enjoyable manner facts that they were not knowledgeable of, then a picture book has achieved a very high goal, indeed. Author, Ellen Fischer has teamed with illustrator, Laura Wood and captured some critters that might not be on the "best known" list of kids - Armadillo, Sea Turtle, Rattlesnake, Butterfly, Wallaby, Hedgehog, Ostrich, Giraffe, and Octopus. As each critter is said to wander into a restaurant the question is posed,What would they order?". An absurd menu item is the chance answer and then after a resounding, "NO WAY!" begins to lay out what that critter would really want to eat.  The illustrations are cute, animated, and simple in nature but surely attention grabbing and fit the mood of the story. I love the change in color scheme this book has. Veering away from the basic color wheel of primary colors, there are olives, burnt orange, teal, and browns.  This is a fun book and a welcome addition to our school's library. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher Scarletta Kids in exchange for our honest review. Opinions are those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.